11 things that have happened since Gerrard first captained Liverpool

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

This week saw the 11 year anniversary of the first time Gerrard captained Liverpool.

When Steven Gerrard first captained Liverpool against Olimpija Ljubljana in the UEFA Cup in 2003, there were plenty of Liverpool fans that expected special things from the then 23-year-old.

Gerrard had already gone on to grab a handful of England caps and a couple of goals, while his breakthrough season in 2000-01 announced that he was a player of some talent. However, no one could predict just how big a part of Liverpool Football Club the Whiston-born man would become.

The Liverpool and England star marked the occasion by appearing on Instagram and posting a message on "one of the proudest days of his career".

11 years ago today I became the captain of my boyhood team one of the proudest days of my career . It's a huge honour to captain this great club #YNWA

 

 
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11 years ago today I became the captain of my boyhood team one of the proudest days of my career . It's a huge honour to captain this great club #YNWA

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Below we list things that have happened each year since Gerrard was made Liverpool captain, some 

2004 - Facebook launches. That's right, before 2004 everyone had a lot more time on their hands.

2005 - Liverpool win their first Champions League trophy in over 20 years with an astonishing comeback against AC Milan in Istabul, culminating in a penalty shoot-out victory. Gerrard was man of the match, and later admitted that he slept with the trophy the night of the win.

2006 - Sir Paul McCartney turns 64, 48 years after writing When I'm 64 as a 16-year-old.

2007 - The first iPhone was released in July.

2008 - Swimmer Michael Phelps wins a record 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

2009 - Pop superstar Michael Jackson passes away in June.

2010 - The World Cup is hosted in Africa for the first time in history, with Spain beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

2011 - Prince William and Catherine Middleton get married at Westminster Abbey in April, with an estimated 2 billion people watching on television.

2012 - The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth and London Olympics turn England's capital into a place of festivity for the summer. Great Britain registered their most successful medal count since 1908 with 65. 

2013 - Andy Murray wins Wimbledon to become the first British champions since Fred Perry before World War Two.

2014 - Steven Gerrard retires from England duty after the country suffers a disappointing first round exit in the World Cup in Brazil. He played for his country 114 times and scored 21 goals.

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